Bears’ Trestman says Urlacher wants to stay, won’t say if he will
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org February 14, 2013 9:49PM
Updated: February 16, 2013 11:39PM
Bears coach Marc Trestman spent 30 to 40 minutes talking to linebacker Brian Urlacher and came away with one impression: The future Hall of Famer wants to stick in Chicago.
“I don’t think there was any question that he loves Chicago and this is a place he’d like to be,” Trestman said. ‘‘There was no question there.”
Trestman said the Bears are still evaluating all players, including Urlacher, 34, an unrestricted free agent.
“To talk about where that thing is going would be premature for me to talk about at this time,” Trestman said.
New linebackers coach Tim Tibesar still sees a player who can contribute.
“Brian has had a phenomenal career,” Tibesar said. “You watch the film, and he’s not done playing football. He’s still a very good player in this league.”
What about Devin?
New special-teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis said he’s operating under the impression that returner Devin Hester remains under contract. Hester has one year left on his deal but has talked about a fresh start.
Assistant special-teams coach Dwayne Stukes said it would be exciting to work with Hester.
“We’ve watched film since we’ve been here, looking at Devin,” Stukes said.
“We’re excited to work with Devin — I know I am, personally — and to get him back to where he was in the past years. Last year, in our minds, it was what it was. Now it’s time to start anew like he wants.”
Defensive backs coach Jon Hoke, one of the two holdovers from Lovie Smith’s staff, said he’s grateful the Bears interviewed him for defensive coordinator after Rod Marinelli left.
“They didn’t have to do that,” Hoke said. “They wanted to hear what I had to say. Marc was fantastic through it. It was a wonderful experience.”
Trestman said he hopes to name a wide receivers coach soon.